Period covered by this Ops Update: 10 November to 15 May 2009;
Appeal target: CHF 1,997,283 (USD 1,851,380 or EUR 1,309,610);
Appeal coverage: 70%;
- The Preliminary Emergency Appeal was launched on 10 November 2008 for CHF 1,754,011 (USD
1,493,155 or EUR 1,160,465) to assist 4,900 beneficiaries over a period of 12 months.
- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 270,067 (USD 229,975 or EUR 178,660) was initially allocated from the International Federation's DREF to support the Yemen Red Crescent (Yemen RC) to help the most affected among the displaced people in Hadramout following the severe flash floods at the end of October 2008. The DREF was reimbursed in December 2008.
- The Revised Emergency Appeal was launched on 5 December 2008 for CHF 1,997,283 (USD 1,851,380 or EUR 1,309,610) to assist 10,500 beneficiaries (1,500 families) over a period of 12 months.
Approximately 3,000 families (around 21,000 beneficiaries) received food and non-food items (NFI), shelter, and water and sanitation assistance from the Yemen RC during the emergency phase of the Yemen Flash Floods operation. Since the beginning of February 2009, the operation has focused on a gradual transition from emergency relief towards recovery activities including psycho-social support; hygiene promotion; training of branch volunteers in psycho-social support, hygiene promotion and first aid; and vulnerability and capacity assessments (VCA) at community level.
Further to the field assessments conducted by the field assessment and coordination team (FACT), the Seyoun branch conducted a number of field assessments to collect more information on the needs and vulnerabilities of the affected communities. The International Federation, together with the Yemen RC, locally procured items for the replenishment of the disaster preparedness stock at Yemen RC headquarters which had been transferred from Sana'a to Seyoun at the outset of the operation. In addition, two post-distribution monitoring were conducted in Hawra and Tarim by the Yemen RC Seyoun branch
Up to the end of the reporting period, through the International Federation's plan of action for the emergency and recovery phases of the operation, a total of CHF 1,170,531 (84% of total income) was spent by the International Federation and Yemen RC in flood-affected areas to cover operational costs.
The International Federation appreciates the contribution of Netherlands Red Cross, Italian government bilateral emergency fund, Swedish Red Cross and Swedish government, Canadian Red Cross and Canadian government, Japanese Red Cross, Finnish Red Cross, Danish Red Cross, Western Union Foundation, Monaco Red Cross, United Arab Emirates Red Crescent, and Libyan Red Crescent to this Emergency operation.
This operation is expected to be implemented over 12 months, and will therefore be completed by the end of November 2009; a Final Report will be made available by the end of February 2010 (three months after the end of the operation).